“you’re lucky because there’s a burial of someone high-born this week,” erwin said to me. and everyone in town knows about this event, so i thought “damn i am lucky!” but yeah, i wasn’t really prepared for what i experienced. Continue reading my “lucky” day: experiencing the torajan burial celebrations
in the 16 months that i’ve been traveling, i got ask this question a lot (and variations of it): where are you from? your english is very good, how did you learn it? no, i did not roll my eyes at them because frankly, i also don’t know. i’ve studied a 3rd language before, and i for one can say that studying it in a classroom definitely does not translate to having a good command of it.
I say this because day 1 was with Alex: a nice turned creepy guy who offered to show me around. It was exciting at first—I’ve never seen so many human bones in one concentrated area! But at some point I wanted some stories, but of course I didn’t get any Continue reading hunting for graves: what the hell is happening?
Due to arriving too early, huddled within myself through the cold as I waited for Pia’s Poppies to open, I was pretty much disoriented by then time I emerged from my slumber from my room.
i asked before how tour guides/tour operators can approach us tourists without making us feel like we’re getting conned. Here’s my story of how I met probably one of the best tourguides one can have, Erwin from Rantepao. Continue reading Not all tourguides are out to get us chapter 2
Pia’s Poppies was “hard to find.” As of 2015 Oct 15 (my first night), it was not on any booking sites. I found it on TripAdvisor, but you can’t book there. I also found it on an outdated copy of Lonely Planet and other obscure sites. All gave glowing reviews; some gave contact details. A day before arriving, I called them but I wasn’t sure if we understood each other. Continue reading Pia’s poppies: meet everyone in tanah toraja
it’s been a while! been traveling for the last month around indonesia, and now it’s time for my first post
because i am now officially #funemployed, i needed to ween myself off flashpacking, and started budgeting “for real”. while i only accomplished limiting my alcohol consumption in my almost 4 weeks in indonesia, it did however, make me mindful of how i spent, which gave me insights as to how to lower my spending on my next adventure (such as learning to scooter in 2.5 hrs so i can DIY tours). i literally tried my best to take note of every single thing i spent on, which is so unlike the travel-me
it also gave me an excuse to make a pivot table and presentation out of it #geekalert